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"SMALL IS BEAUTIFUL" DELIGHT COULD BEAR ABUNDANT FRUIT

by Joanna Manning

My first teaching position in Canada in the late 1970s was in the Social Science Department at Midland Avenue Collegiate in Toronto. Due to a mix-up in the timetabling, two OAC Economics classes had been scheduled back-to-back in the same time slot. One was assigned to the economics expert and the other - well, there’s always a rookie in every department. That rookie was me.

     The only economics I had ever studied in the course of an undergraduate degree in medieval history was the financial chicanery of the medieval papacy. But with determination and a lot of encouragement from my colleague, I set about giving myself a crash course in macro and micro economic theory. Math had been my worst subject in high school. So although the correct answers to economic calculations were given in the teacher’s text, the method of getting from question to answer was not, so I had to work painfully and slowly through each stage with a lot of help from my colleague.

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